“Why weak leadership at the Defense Department could lead the US to war in Iran”
Tensions are currently escalating between the United States and Iran, sending commentators scrambling for comparisons to the second Iraq War. Destroyed ships in the Gulf of Oman also call up memories of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to open American involvement in Vietnam in 1964. However, there is another historical comparison that may better capture the state of the current leadership in the Pentagon and the risk of a different, dangerous path to war.
Michael Stricof argues in The Washington Post that the turmoil and inattention in the Department of Defense which led to the failed US intervention in Somalia in 1993 offers a model for understanding some internal dangers facing Washington today.